Academic journal article Folk Music Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article Folk Music Journal

Editorial

Article excerpt

It is astonishing to think that Folk Music journal and its predecessor titles have never published anything of any substance on the Revd Sabine Baring-Gould. Yet, if any one individual can be so identified, Baring-Gould can be called the true pioneer of the late Victorian folk song revival. Martin Graebe's article is the fruit of research into his life and work that has been going on for the best part of four decades. He has chosen to focus here on Baring-Gould's relationship with Cecil Sharp; and as if to reinforce this sense of the social networks that underpinned the whole revival of interest in English vernacular song, David Gregory's article gives the same detailed attention to the pioneer female collector, Lucy Broadwood.

Michael Wright's study of the Jew's harp in the law is also a ground-breaking piece, unearthing the association of what in past centuries was an extraordinarily popular musical instrument with criminal wrongdoing. Making use in part of records that have become newly available on the World Wide Web, the author provides an insight into the material and cultural circumstances of music-making at the less respectable end of the social scale.

Regrettably, this year sees a plethora of obituaries. There is no denying that Peter Kennedy was a controversial figure and we have taken the approach of offering three different accounts which, while giving the necessary facts, also provide a set of more personal perspectives on his life and achievements. …

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